Alila Villas Uluwatu
What We Love
- Stunning clifftop location, with Indian Ocean views everywhere
- The elegant five-room spa, with half-day and daylong programs
- Authentic cuisine at the Warung (from an open kitchen)
- Personalized service: A butler is assigned to each villa
- All villas have a private pool
- The first resort in Bali built to EarthCheck’s building, planning and design standards
What To Know
- The location is remote; it’s an hour to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife
- The sea here is too rough for swimming, though there are renowned surfing spots nearby
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center with yoga classes
- Some verandas are suspended over shared walkways—very romantic but not entirely private
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Set along 35 clifftop acres on Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula, this resort balances a striking modern style with a commendable environmental commitment. The 84 individual villas feature spacious, uncluttered interiors, private pools and plush outdoor spots, some with panoramic views. In-room amenities run from the expected, like free WiFi and an iPod dock, to aromatic bespoke his-and-hers body products and movie star–worthy sun hats. A butler is assigned to each villa; he or she attends to each guest as much or as little as requested. The staff is so engaging that most guests quickly find themselves reliant. The bamboo-clad spa is a must, with a calming ambience, well-trained therapists, and an extensive menu of creative and restorative treatments. The repeating wood pattern throughout creates a simple but contemporary look that’s sustainable, thanks to renowned Singapore architectural firm WOHA. As for dining, Cire delivers inventive, fruit-filled breakfasts and healthy Western fare like marinated mackerel served with salmon roe vinaigrette and seared king prawns atop black rice risotto, enjoyed in a dining room decorated with 2,500 antique batik stamps. The Warung’s authentic Balinese dishes, like satay lilit and ayam betutu with red rice, are a good choice for sunset nibbles or a full Indonesian feast. And after indulging, it’s off to bed for a night’s rest—with the only sound the croak of geckos under the clear night sky.
In the Area
Head to Seminyak, an hour away, for butter-soft leather bags and python flip-flops at Wrkshp13, Prada-inspired frocks with Balinese prints at Namu (Jalan Petitenget 234X), and some good karma from crystal-infused bling at Anna Michielan. Sate your sweet tooth with homemade raw chocolates and other organic treats at the Bukit outpost of Bali Buddha. The black coral rock and the 11th-century temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu make for a stunning sight, hugging the Bukit cliffs. Locals believe the temple guards the island against evil spirits. Booked through the resort, Alila Journeys can include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef and visits to community projects supported by the hotel.
How to Get There
Truly a top notch property and some of the best hospitality I have ever experienced at a hotel / resort - this place is highly recommended!! The rooms were incredible and the a la carte buffet breakfast is included with the stay.
After lots of googling, we decided on Alila villas. We weren’t disappointed. The villas are great, spacious, private and the amenities very nice.
The resort itself is very well looked after and in an amazing spot.
We loved the walk down to the beach (lots of stairs) we loved the pool, the morning yoga.
We thought the breakfast could be improved but other than that... fantastic and relaxing. It’s defiantly a couples place... less to do for kids.. this suited us fine... staff are very helpful and professional. Great job.
Pros: The Alila Villas property is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I was in Bali for 11 days and stayed here for 3 nights. I can say that the breakfast at Alila was hands down the best breakfast experience that I had in Bali. The menu changes every day, and the food, the view and the service are all sublime. The rooms are gorgeous. The outdoor shower was fantastic. I loved how they had collagen masks in the mini bar. I felt very pampered during my stay. To say that the staff are amazing would be an understatement. They are so kind and patient and will bend over backwards to make you happy. They have an awesome gym that is open 24 hours. My experience at the beautiful spa was wonderful. Our experience at The Warung restaurant was also amazing. The sunset cabana was breathtaking when we saw it at night. If you have a chance to hike down to the private beach you are in for a real treat. It is one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.
Cons: The rooms are pretty pricey, but the price does include a lot of perks, including the wonderful breakfast experience. You also get a deal at the nearby Omnia club if you stay at Alila. (I didn’t know this until we went). Our room was up high, so it had a nice view, but not a direct ocean view. The water was not as warm as I would have liked it to be in our pool or the shower. There were not many easily available outlets in the rooms to plug in electronic devices. Also more vegan options on the breakfast menu would have been a plus, though I know they would have arranged for vegan options had I asked.
Overall, we had a very memorable experience at this outstanding hotel. Everything felt so personal and unique. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Uluwatu and I’m glad we made the choice to stay there! Thank you to all the management and staff who made us feel more than welcome!